Maarten Vanden Eynde

There is the 6th mass extinction.
There is the Anthropocene.
Hard facts.
There is eco-sexuality and the hippie revival of living sustainable.
There are city-farms, organic markets, crowdfunding campaigns for new forests and recycled clothing.
From farm to table, detox-treatments, self-sustainable off-the-grid communities etc.

Why has our connection to nature become so mediated?
Why do we have to pass by statistics and theories to become aware of our own disconnect?
And since when did the Internet become a necessary portal to reach an Instagram-worthy refound and pure connection to nature’? Hashtag natural.

The CAB is pleased to announce its upcoming show: conceived as an invitation into a rediscovered holistic worldview - one in which humankind considers itself to be indebted to and part of nature’s ecosystems, rather than exploiting it.

Notes on our equilibrium takes as a departure point the context in which the French architect and designer Jean Prouvé conceived his modular 6x6 Demountable House (1944): a Post-WWII traumatized climate, where a sense of urgency and immediate action for improvement and change was demanded. He provided sustainable and ingenious solutions.

A paradigm shift has occurred since; where the use of the progresses and the promises of industrialization once were eagerly welcomed, today they have caused a problematic shift in human respect towards its environment. Anno 2017, we can easily state that we live in a state of emergency. Economic and political conflicts aside; the ecological crisis is looming as a global threat that doesn't really receive the attention or action it is crying for. The institutionalized disregard for the limitation of natural resources is infecting our presence on earth on a scale that cannot be reversed.

Across artworks that manifest themselves as natural phenomena dispersed throughout the exhibition space, Notes on our equilibrium aims to re-ignite consciousness and reflection regarding our impact on the ecosphere.


Plastic Reef, 2008-2013

Exhibition

Notes On Our Equilibrium

A dialogue with the house of Jean Prouvé II

Opening: 18/04/2017 from 6 - 9pm
Open: 19/04 - 24/06/2017
Location: CAB - Contemporary Art Brussels, Rue Borrensstraat 32-34, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

With: Isabelle Andriessen, Vaughn Bell, Julian Charrière, Edith Dekyndt, Tue Greenfort, Carlos Irijalba, Nicolas Lamas,  Richard Long, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Adrien Tirtiaux, Alvaro Urbano and Maarten Vanden Eynde.

Notes On Our Equilibrium is conceived as an invitation into a rediscovered holistic worldview - one in which humankind considers itself to be indebted to and part of nature’s ecosystems, rather than exploiting it.